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dutiful

[doo-tuh-fuh l, dyoo-] /ˈdu tə fəl, ˈdyu-/
adjective
1.
performing the duties expected or required of one; characterized by doing one's duty:
a dutiful citizen; a dutiful child.
2.
required by duty; proceeding from or expressive of a sense of duty:
dutiful attention.
Origin of dutiful
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; duty + -ful
Related forms
dutifully, adverb
quasi-dutiful, adjective
quasi-dutifully, adverb
undutiful, adjective
undutifully, adverb
Synonyms
1. respectful, docile, submissive, duteous.
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Examples from the Web for dutiful
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  • As for Lady Johnson, she is too dutiful and wise a woman to have any wishes that are not her husband's.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Her impartial and dutiful reasonings on her difficult situation.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • But she was dutiful to him, and he was circumspect in his behaviour before her.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • And will it suit you to be dutiful if your uncle accepts this monstrous proposal?

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • "What my father says is always correct," replied the dutiful son.

British Dictionary definitions for dutiful

dutiful

/ˈdjuːtɪfʊl/
adjective
1.
exhibiting or having a sense of duty
2.
characterized by or resulting from a sense of duty: a dutiful answer
Derived Forms
dutifully, adverb
dutifulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dutiful
adj.

1550s, from duty + -ful. Related: Dutifully.

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